|Born||29 November 1607 (baptised)|
|Cause of death||Tuberculosis|
|Alma mater||Emmanuel College, Cambridge|
|Known for||A founder of Harvard College|
John Harvard (1607–1638) was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America whose deathbed bequest to the "schoale or colledge" founded two years earlier by the Massachusetts Bay Colony was so gratefully received that it was consequently ordered "that the Colledge agreed upon formerly to bee built at Cambridg shalbee called Harvard Colledge." Harvard University considers him the most honored of its founders—those whose efforts and contributions in its early days "ensure[d] its permanence"—and a statue in his honor is a prominent feature of Harvard Yard.
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